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This is How to Make Money Selling Solar Power

Many families and businesses choose to take advantage of solar panels because they can save money on their electric bill. This is especially true in sunny states like Texas, California, and Arizona. But can you actually turn a profit with a solar power installation? Selling solar power back to the grid is not only a very real possibility but a practice employed throughout the country. Both homeowners and businesses can take advantage of this concept. Renewable Energy Credits A solar panel system can range in size from a small domestic rooftop installation to systems that cover thousands of square feet.

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Should You Buy Triple Pane Windows?

  Shopping for windows can be difficult. How do you choose what type of window to use in your home? Look at factors such as durability, energy efficiency, and cost. These can help to differentiate between double and triple pane windows. In this article, we’re going to compare a few of the differentiating factors between the two. Double Pane Windows Double pane windows are also known as double glazed windows. They offer up to a 50% reduction in heat loss over single pane windows. That reduction can be further decreased if a fiberglass frame is used. The main advantage these

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Comparing the Best Solar Panels

There are a number of variables that come into play when building your home solar system. One of those variables is the different types of solar panels that you can use. So, how do you know which are the best solar panels for your home? Let’s compare a few of the most common ones to find out. Monocrystalline Silicon Solar Cells Silicon is used in over 90% of today’s solar panels. It can take many forms, but its defining characteristic is its purity. Purity refers to the molecular alignment of the silicon. It affects the efficiency with which solar energy

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DIY: Attic Stair Insulation Cover

  A leaky attic stair hatch is one of the biggest offenders of a home’s air loss. Sealing this opening and installing a good insulated cover can help reduce energy bills and increase your savings. There are many different prefabricated covers available for you to purchase, such as an Attic Tent.  However, If you don’t want to spend money on an Attic Tent or have an unusual access, here is a simple DIY attic stair insulation cover that might help. Materials The materials you will need in order to build the attic stair cover include: 2-inch thick foil-covered foam boards

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The Different Attic Insulation Types

According to the Department of Energy, your home should be insulated from top to bottom. Proper insulation can help reduce your household energy costs and the strain on your HVAC. So, let’s take a look at the top of your home and the different attic insulation types. Where to Insulate Before insulating, make sure you seal all air leaks. You can find these in the form of seams and cracks. Air leaks make it difficult for the insulation to do its job. Sealing air leaks and having proper insulation are the first steps to creating your energy efficient home. If

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How to Use Spray Polyurethane Foam

Spray Polyurethane foam is a great way to seal cracks, small crevices or holes in your home. You can get small aerosol cans of spray foam sealant at most hardware stores. They are designed for the homeowner in mind and are easy to apply. For larger jobs, there are two component, low-pressure spray polyurethane kits. However, these kits are more complicated to use and require more care and exactness in the application process. The process is based on four guiding principles: Wear protective gear Warm the tanks  Shake the tanks  Clean/change the nozzle regularly Wearing Protective Gear Spray polyurethane foam

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Maintenance Tips for Your Heating and Cooling System

  Heating and cooling systems need routine maintenance in order to perform well over an extended period of time. This will lower the risk of an emergency repair during summer or winter when your system will be used most. It’s also worth noting that an HVAC system accounts for nearly two-thirds of the energy used in a home. Without proper maintenance, that number can be even higher which can mean a larger energy bill. When is the Best Time for HVAC Maintenance? The best way to maintain peak performance and trouble-free operation is to schedule preseason maintenance sessions. Schedule these

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The Renewable Energy Boom

  Reducing carbon emissions in developing countries has been an ongoing concern for many people. Using renewable energy sources can help to reduce greenhouse gases and create a more environmentally healthy world. Environmental Impact The U.S. currently relies heavily on nonrenewable energy sources, such as coal and natural gas. These sources are finite resources that took millions of years to form. Although they are still being created today, we are using them faster than nature can replenish them. Energy produced from these fossil fuels can create air pollution and cause damage to land, water, and other resources. When fossil fuel

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DIY Window Replacement

When replacing windows, many homeowners would like to avoid the extra cost of hiring a contractor. The good news is that window replacement can be done by the homeowner. You will need a level, a crowbar, a hammer and a screw gun. You will also need galvanized screws, foam insulation, felt paper, shims, window wrap, and nails. Let’s get started! Remove The Old Window The first step in your window replacement is to remove the old window. Use the crowbar to remove the entire window casing, including the trim and sill plate. If you just need to replace the window

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Metal Roofing: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

When considering the roofing of your home, metal is one option. It is an alternative to the most commonly used roofing material: asphalt.  In this article, we’re going to take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of metal roofing. The Good When properly installed, a metal roof has a long life span. It is able to seal against water, survive rough winds and shed snow easily. It is also resistant to fire, rot, insects, and mildew. Warranties vary between companies, usually from 20 to 50 years. Metal roofing is one of the most lightweight roofing materials

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